This unit addresses ESSA standards relating to the scope and pathophysiology of common cancers (breast, prostate, colorectal, gynaecological, lung, head & neck, haematological); causes and prevention, medical and clinical considerations, treatments procedures; and the role for exercise in cancer incidence and recurrence and its clinical application for cancer patients and survivors to treat signs, symptoms and side effects of treatment. It also addresses the scope and pathophysiology of acute and chronic kidney diseases and common aetiologies; various clinical considerations; benefits of regular exercise training; and assessment and design of exercise interventions. Pulmonary rehabilitation will also be investigating different methods to assess exercise capacity and prescribe training for pulmonary conditions (including in diverse settings, via Telehealth, and educational programs) and considerations associated with clients using supplemental oxygen, and exercise.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse and apply knowledge of normal and abnormal metabolism related to the pathophysiology of various ESSA-defined renal conditions and cancers;  
  2. Appraise and adapt knowledge of clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for the effective management of clients presenting with various ESSA-defined renal conditions and cancers;  
  3. Appraise exercise assessment and prescription in diverse pulmonary rehabilitation settings in order to deliver care to pulmonary/respiratory clientele in a multidisciplinary care environment; and,  
  4. Determine various methods to assess exercise capacity and prescribe appropriate training for pulmonary conditions, with consideration for the monitoring and special care needs of clients using oxygen supplementation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test A case-study based online test of pulmonary client monitoring/care and exercise considerations Pass/Fail
Test An online test of cancer and renal condition pathophysiology Pass/Fail
Project Group project assessing multidisciplinary care and exercise considerations for a complex cancer and renal case study client Pass/Fail
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must receive a pass in all assessments.

Required reading

Clinical Exercise Physiology, 4th edn.
Ehrman, J.K., Gordon, P.M., Visich, P.S & Keteyian, S.J. (2019).
Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

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